"Mr. Price has instructed me to visit with you and make arrangements for a transfer of chattel to the bank sufficient to cover the amount of "—he looked down at his clipboard— "one thousand dollars even."
-- Will Weaver, Red Earth White Earth, 1986
But now! Gervase himself had not seemed a very important part of that triumph a little while ago. He had been a chattel of hers, a piece of property as much her own as her parasol.
-- Margaret Oliphant, The Cuckoo in the Nest, 1892
Chattel came to English in the 1400s and shares a root with the word cattle.